It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Fritz less than a month before his 90th birthday. He is greatly missed by his wife, Beatrice; his sons Farley and Brett; his sister Wilma; as well as many other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his siblings: Claus, Hans, Elisabeth, Grete and Bill.
Fritz was raised on a homestead near Cold Lake, Alberta. He had a registered trapline and worked in lumber camps in that area. Migrating to working in the earth moving industry, he built roads, airports, railroads and seismic lines in Alberta and BC. He transitioned into building pipelines, from BC to Quebec; and worked for Flint Rig as a ditching machine operator, millwright and field/plant pipefitter. He met the love of his life, Beatrice Stephenson, in Bentley, Alberta and they married on March 16, 1957. In 1959 they welcomed their first son Farley. In 1963 they welcomed their second son Brett and moved to Pincher Creek. Fritz started as a pipefitter for Wonderly Construction at the Shell Plant. Soon after he signed on with Shell Canada working in maintenance and then operations. He became a Steam Engineer, then an Operations Assistant and eventually the Training Coordinator. Fritz retired in 1984 from Shell and undertook in Denmark the startup of Dansk Oile and Naturgas’ first two gas plants. Upon their return to Canada he went to work for Alberta Sugar in Taber as a Mechanical Supervisor. During this time his association with the Lethbridge Community College began, first as a Power Engineering Instructor and later as a General Instructor. He retired from Alberta Sugar upon reaching the age 65. He continued with LCC until 2009. He loved the outdoors and avidly pursued fishing, skiing and mountain climbing with his family.
There will be a Memorial Service held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pincher Creek United Church, 972 Police Avenue, Pincher Creek, Alberta.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice in memory of Fritz.